Iraq extends condolences to Egypt over deadly Aswan bus crash

Ahram Online , Thursday 14 Apr 2022

The Iraqi government has extended condolences to Egypt over a deadly tourist bus crash that left 10 dead on Wednesday in Upper Egypt’s Aswan, including Egyptians and foreign tourists, the Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported.

Tourist bus
The remains of a tourist bus after it collided with a truck and burned is seen on a highway 43 kilometers (27 miles) south of the city of Aswan, southern Egypt, Wednesday, April 13, 2022. AP

“The Iraqi government extends deep and sincere condolences to the brotherly Egyptian people and the leadership headed by his excellency, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, over the victims of the painful incident in southern Egypt’s Aswan governorate,” INA said in a statement by the media office of Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi on Thursday.

The Iraqi government also expressed solidarity with the families of the victims.

On Wednesday, Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani also condoled El-Sisi over the tragic crash, wishing the injured people a speedy recovery.

The accident took place on the Aswan-Abu Simbel highway when a truck and a tourist bus collided, killing 10 people – five Egyptians, four French, and one Belgian.

Also, 14 people, including eight from France and six from Belgium, were injured.

The injured have all been discharged from hospital after being treated for minor injuries, according to local media reports.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear, and an investigation by the Public Prosecution is ongoing.

El-Sisi has offered his “sincere condolences and sympathy” to the families of the victims and ordered support to their families.

On his official social media accounts on Wednesday, the president said he has instructed the concerned authorities to take all necessary measures, follow up and provide all medical treatment and care for the victims.

“I pray to the Almighty to bless the victims with mercy and grant their families and relatives forbearance and solace," El-Sisi said.

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